Austin Race Spotlight: February’s LIVESTRONG Marathon

February 16, 2012by Brian Talley

Austin Marathon Lance ArmstrongOn Sunday, February 19th, twenty thousand runners, including Lance Armstrong, will take on the 2012 LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon and Half Marathon, an event benefiting 26 charities and put on by thousands of volunteers.  Participants from Davenport to Sendera will run anywhere from a 5K to the full 26 miles in support of the foundation.

“I am looking forward to participating in the LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon and Half Marathon again in 2012,” said Armstrong, LIVESTRONG founder and chairman. “This is a great race with a challenging course and an even bigger purpose – raising funds and awareness for cancer. I am especially proud to run with so many of my fellow cancer survivors who are showing this disease who’s boss by not just surviving, but thriving in the wake of adversity.”

The LIVESTRONG foundation, created by Armstrong in 1997, is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. Originating with the iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG has become a symbol of hope and inspiration to people affected by cancer around the world. Since its inception, the organization has raised more than $400 million for the fight against cancer.

LIVESTRONG Austin MarathonOn raceday February 19th, dozens of Austin thoroughfares will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to make way for the LIVESTRONG marathon. Rolling course closure will allow roads to reopen behind the slowest runner to minimize traffic impact. However, spectators and commuters driving in or around the racecourse (see below for a list of closed roads) should use the following alternative routes and parking information and plan for additional travel time.

ALTERNATIVE DRIVING ROUTES:

MoPac, IH-35, and Lamar Blvd are fully open during race day. MoPac is accessible from inside the race loop by taking Lamar to 29th Street/Westover. I-35 is accessible from inside the loop by the intersections of Koenig, 45th Street or 38th Street. Additionally, Koenig, Dean Keaton, 45th, 38th, Hwy 183, Hwys 71/290, 2nd Street, 3rd Street, 4th Street, 5th Street and Cesar Chavez (after 10am) will be open. All streets east of Brazos Street will be open, and Brazos St. will have three northbound lanes open to vehicle traffic.

PARKING:

Parking for participants and spectators will be available at state parking garages, at the capitol complex and at surface and garage parking locations downtown. Public transportation and carpooling are recommended.

AUSTIN ROAD CLOSURES

The following streets will be closed anywhere from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the LIVESTRONG Marathon (February 19th, 2012). Please plan your route accordingly, and check out the City of Austin website for more detailed information.

LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon15th, 16th, 17th and 18th Streets

5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th Streets

Arroyo Seco Street

Atlanta Street

Ben White frontage (between Congress and South First)

Bull Creek Road

Cesar Chavez Street

Congress Avenue

Duval Street

Enfield Road

Exposition Boulevard

Foster Lane

Great Northern

Hancock Drive

Jackson Avenue

MLK Boulevard

Morrow Street

Northcross Drive

Romeria Drive

S. 1st Street

San Jacinto Boulevard

Shoal Creek Boulevard

St. Joseph Boulevard

W. 35th Street

W. 40th Street

W. 51st Street

W. Guadalupe Street

W. North Loop Boulevard

White Rock Drive

Woodrow Avenue

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Best of luck LIVESTRONG Marathon and Half Marathon participants, and have a great race!